April Laissle

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter.  There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.

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A Dayton women’s rights group plans to protest President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Saturday. The downtown Dayton “sister march” was organized to coincide with the “Women’s March on Washington”, which is expected to attract more than 200,000 people.

Organizers from the Dayton Women’s Rights Alliance say they decided to plan the protest after hearing that many Dayton women weren't able to make the trip to Washington.

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Police are investigating a double shooting after the bodies of a man and woman were found in a duplex near Yellow Springs yesterday.

 The Dayton Daily News reports a woman’s body was found outside 4444 E. Enon Road about 1 mile north of Antioch University. Police later found the body of a man inside the same residence.

The Greene County Sheriff's office is now investigating the case as a double homicide and has identified the victims as William Brown and Sherri Mendenhall, both of Yellow Springs.


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After nearly a week of no service for thousands of commuters across the Miami Valley, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority strike is finally coming to an end. RTA officials announced late Wednesday they have settled on terms of a new contract with leaders from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385.

Despite two rounds of hours-long negotiations over the weekend, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385’s strike began Monday, bringing the RTA system to a halt.  


The strike has Dayton business and government leaders urging the two parties to return to the negotiating table.


BarryStaff president Doug Barry says his much of his workforce relies on RTA to get to employment.

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RTA bus drivers and mechanics walked out Monday morning, following the breakdown of negotiations between their union and RTA management over the weekend.

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 and RTA executives spent hours Sunday attempting to settle on terms of a new contract, but both parties walked away without an agreement.


Union leaders say the dispute centers on wage and insurance issues.

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Greater Dayton RTA Bus drivers and mechanics are set to strike on Monday, unless their union can come to an agreement with management before a midnight Sunday deadline.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1385 and RTA executives have failed to agree on the terms of a new contract since the expiration of their previous contract back in 2015.  Union representatives say the dispute centers on insurance and wage increase issues.

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Drivers may face a slower-than-usual commute this afternoon as snow continues to fall across the Miami Valley. Forecasters say an early cold front has resulted in slippery and icy roads in some areas. 

National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Coniglio says commuters should anticipate delays as road conditions may worsen through the day.

“We’re expecting snowfall rates to pick up a little bit and when it gets dark out, the roads will freeze up. So we’ll see an increase in hazardous conditions this afternoon and this evening.”


In this post-election season, WYSO is examining how some of the policies proposed by President-elect Donald Trump on the campaign trail may affect the Miami Valley. Today, we look at how some of these Trump administration proposals could impact the city of Dayton’s recent efforts to welcome new immigrants.

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We're expecting bitterly cold temperatures today, and several area schools are closed or delayed. 

Bellbrook, Brookville, Centerville, Fairborn, Huber Heights, Mad River, Piqua, Springboro, Springfield, Tecumseh, Tipp City, Troy, and Yellow Springs schools are all on two-hour delays this morning. Dayton Public Schools are closed. 

You can check for updates here.

At a long meeting Tuesday night, Springfield’s City Commission voted to move forward with a budget that includes cuts to city services following the failure of an income tax levy in November. 

The $800,000 in cuts will affect the city’s municipal courts and parks and recreation department. Money set aside to pay police officers and firefighters for overtime will also be reduced. And, the city says it will close both a fire station and a police substation to further cut costs.